Jimmy Lewis

Pandemic baseball was fun while it lasted

A summer of baseball, created out of some of the most challenging circumstances, found life when the Wilson Tobs and Wilson Team Elite elected to give players an opportunity to play this season …
In this photo by Vernon Morton in the Friday, Aug. 3, 1951, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, UNC All-American Jimmy Thomas, left, clipped N.C. State’s Bob Mattson in a featured 150-meter medley race on the eve of the eighth annual Southern AAU Swimming Meet at Wilson Municipal Pool. Thomas won in 142.9 to set new AAU national and world records while Mattson also surpassed the previous mark.

Thomas sets national mark as AAU swimming meet begins

Jimmy Thomas, an All-America swimmer from the University of North Carolina, shattered the AAU and world record for the 150-meter individual medley at Wilson Municipal Pool as a prelude to the eighth …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Reece Nelson, Fike High

Fike High senior Reece Nelson is the Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Reece played four sports at Fike but was twice named to the 3-A Big East Conference …
Guess Who?

Guess Who?

"Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.
"Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, …

Cuddington gets his shot leading alma mater North Johnston

Matt Cuddington, center, watches the action from in front of the Smithfield-Selma bench during a home game against Beddingfield on Jan. 13. Cuddington, a 1997 North Johnston High graduate, will return to his alma mater as the Panthers varsity basketball head coach after nine years at SSS, five as head coach.
As a Kenly native and resident for most of his life, Matt Cuddington isn’t exactly coming back home as the new varsity boys basketball coach at North Johnston High, but he’s been waiting …
Greysen Evans, a 2020 Hunt High graduate, will continue her volleyball and academic careers at Barton College after signing with the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas program recently.

Change of plans puts Hunt’s Evans at Barton

A few months ago, Hunt High senior Greysen Evans had a plan — play volleyball for one year at Pitt Community College and then transfer to a college that offered her preferred major, …
Beddingfield defenders Jah’Quez Artis (8) and Braxton Wiley (25) watch as Fike’s Octavius Carpenter hits the ground after a punt during their game Sept. 13 at Fike. There may not be any football games for Wilson schools this fall after Wilson County Board of Education voted Monday to implement remote learning for the first nine weeks of the school year.

Fall sports outlook grim for public schools, hopeful for privates

While there is an increasingly slimmer chance there will be high school sports played this fall in North Carolina, the better odds are with private schools, not public, taking the field or …
Players from Fike watch the action during a scrimmage against D.H. Conley at the Fike Jamboree on Aug. 16, 2019, at Fike. The NCHSAA announced Wednesday that the start date for all fall sports activities has been moved back a month to Sept. 1.

NCHSAA moves start date for fall sports to Sept. 1

If there are to be public high school sports in North Carolina this year, they won’t start until “at least” Sept. 1. That was the announcement Wednesday afternoon from the North …

In this photo from the Monday, July 25, 2016, edition of The Wilson Times, Wilson Tobs starting pitcher Zack Mozingo fires a pitch to Fayetteville SwampDogs designated hitter Logan Corrigan during a Coastal Plain League game at Fleming Stadium.

Tobs get strong staff outing in 4-1 win over SwampDogs

Behind a near-perfect start by Zack Mozingo, the Wilson Tobs finished the season sweep of the Fayetteville SwampDogs with a 4-1 Coastal Plain League victory at Fleming Stadium. Mozingo, an Eastern …

The Life and Times Podcast, Dec. 11, 2019

It's the state championship edition of The Life and Times Podcast as the boys discuss Southern Nash impending title game against Charlotte Catholic as well as a quick overview of what's happened so …

College Sports
Kevin Woodhull-Smith is the new men's and women's swimming coach at Barton College.

Barton turns to Woodhull-Smith to lead swimming programs

The loss of an in-state program has helped lead to a gain for swimming teams at Barton College. Following the depature of the only head coach in program history after Tyler Ziegler elected to take …
Notre Dame running back Jafar Armstrong (8) stiff arms Virginia Tech linebacker Rayshard Ashby (23) during the second half of a game Nov. 2, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that Notre Dame, which is a league member in all sports but football, would join the league for football this season as the schedule will allow for teams to play 11 games, 10 against ACC foes.

ACC schedule includes Notre Dame, 10 conference games

The Atlantic Coast Conference reworked its football schedule Wednesday to allow each team to play 11 games and to incorporate Notre Dame, which is giving up its cherished independence in a year …
Wilson Tobs players wait to congratulate teammate Jared Carr (6) after he homered during a Coastal Plain League game July 24 at Fleming Stadium. The Tobs announced Wednesday they were suspending the remainder of the season due to several members of the team testing positive for COVID-19.

COVID and out: Tobs' season stops after players test positive

A summer collegiate baseball season that was beset by obstacles from the beginning stopped abruptly Wednesday afternoon for the Wilson Tobs. The Tobs, one of just seven Coastal Plain League teams …
Community Sports

Through ups and downs, Team Elite finds its place

Third baseman Tyler Gurganus of Wilson Team Elite awaits a throw as Carson Gipson (23) of Wayne County Jets Blue steals third base during a July 18 game at Rocky Mount Academy.
It was July 14, and Wilson Team Elite had just put forth what amounted to a lackluster performance — in both urgency and execution — in a 9-1 loss to the Garner Nationals at Rocky Mount …
Pro Sports

Panthers choose to go with PK Slye; release veteran Gano

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the …
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Fike @ 50
The quiet superstar: Unassuming Crumpler the central player of Fike dynasty
Carlester Crumpler. Car-les-ter. Crump-ler. The alliterative rhythm of the name lends to the overall legend of its owner, who … Read More
Wilson Fike: State champs of the 4-A football circuit
In the end, it was just like head coach Henry Trevathan said it would for his Fike High Cyclones football team in 1969. The veteran … Read More
Plan of attack: Fike’s formations played a major role in championship seasons
Wedged among the layers that make up the remarkable tale of Fike High School’s three straight state 4-A championships in … Read More